RE: Is the Common House a Public Building?
From: Eileen McCourt (
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 09:01:57 -0800 (PST)
As far as I know, we were able to avoid the health dept rules for a
"commercial" kitchen, but we do meet the standards for a "public" building -
one of the reasons we have the stall toilets that we do.  We were not
allowed to have regular residential bathrooms because of the use of the
building.  As far as the city is concerned, we are a public building, same
for the pool, etc.  We are following all of those requirements.



-----Original Message-----
From: normangauss [at] [mailto:normangauss [at]] 
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 11:22 PM
To: Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities
Subject: [C-L]_ Is the Common House a Public Building?

Does anybody know whether California regulations for public buildings apply
to cohousing common houses?

We have a kitchen that serves public meals.  We have restrooms that serve
groups of visitors.  We have guestrooms in which visitors are lodged.  Are
these kinds of facilities considered "public" and therefore expected to be
held to standards set by the state government?

Norm Gauss
Oak Creek Commons Cohousing
Paso Robles, CA  93446

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